Things are hopping at the North Pole Post Office.
“We have handled a record amount of mail already,” Elf Hugo said. “But everything is under control. We’re ahead of it. Santa gets what he needs to see in an organized fashion and we’re getting other mail where it needs to go as fast as we can. So far, so good.”
Of course, as it gets closer to Christmas the mail only comes in faster. So we will see if another record is set before this season is through.
You have many ways to send Santa your Christmas greeting or your wishlist or your questions. We have many links for that right here on our website. But the truth is that Santa still prefers to see things done the old fashioned way — on a piece of paper written in pencil or crayon. Some kids are so small they cannot even write letters yet. They just draw pictures. And Santa just loves those. He hangs them up around his office and he hands them out to people he will see in hospitals and nursing homes to cheer them up. He can’t do that with an email.
As it gets closer to Christmas it gets tougher for Santa to read all his mail. That means Elf Hugo has to work harder to organize it as it comes in. Right now, with about 3 weeks to Christmas, that is pretty easy. But it gets to be a bigger job as Christmas gets closer. So the mail room keeps adding new elves to help handle it all as it comes in.
Meanwhile, it appears we are getting a ton of snow right now at the North Pole. I called Elf Billy and he told me that we might see heavy snow falling here for days. That should not affect us, we’re used to snow here. But it sure has made things pretty!
– Elf Ernest
It’s that time of year again folks! As is our tradition, we share with you the finer points of Christmas trees and why they are so important in the celebration of Christmas:
“The Christmas tree is a very important part of Christmas,” Santa explains. “It is the source of Christmas spirit in every home. With a properly decorated tree there is no way anyone can ever have a sad Christmas. It is a reminder of all that is good and right about the season.”
The Christmas tree has been around for ages. Thousands of years ago people brought the green trees into their homes in the dead of winter because they believed the trees to be something of a miracle. How can something be green and beautiful while all other plant life is dead and dry during the winter?
Over the centuries, the Christmas tree grew to be a form of expression for those who celebrate Christmas. Lights were first made for the tree by putting candles on it, a very dangerous practice. Christmas trees burn easily and open flames are not a good thing around a Christmas tree. But as electric lights were invented one of the very first places that folks used them was on a Christmas tree.
Santa explains that it is not necessary to have a very big tree. In fact, you don’t even have to have a real tree or a traditional pine tree at all to properly celebrate Christmas. In fact, in some tropical out-of-the-way places people cannot get trees that look anything like a Christmas tree at all. And that’s ok.
“I remember being on the island of St. Croix one Christmas Eve,” Santa recalled. “And little 3 year old Geraldo Munez, who lives there, had put lights around the bottom of a palm tree that grew in his backyard. That was the merriest tree I saw that Christmas!”
Santa reminds you that a Christmas tree — ANY kind of Christmas tree — is a living thing. We give it a place of honor in our home. We sing around it and gather around it. It becomes a member of our family. We should give it a name and remember to water and talk to it frequently.
– Elf Ernest
Elf Bernard told us in a meeting today that Santa’s workshop has never been as organized and efficient as they are this year. According to his calculations the workshop is ahead of schedule.
As you can imagine, Santa was very pleased to hear that news.
You know, its a big job to get Santa not only around the world in one night but to get his sleigh packed and organized with all the right stuff. It takes us all year to figure it out and sometimes it gets down to the last minute to get it all done.
Maybe this year will be different and we will finish ahead of time.
It should would be nice for everyone to get the day before Christmas off.
– Elf Ernest